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Over the years, my work has come to focus on a contemplative practice allied with the urgency of environmental needs. Phenomenology and nature; how we relate to the natural world with our senses, what emotions they provoke. Texture, colour, tone, rhythm, patterns, shapes; feelings of calm, belong, home. Different scales, perspectives of observation: the astonishing variety of nature. Natural materials have the appropriate smoothness, fluidity and delicacy for representing nature's essence - connecting to our bodily senses and to Earth itself.


I seek to create with meaning, allowing an emotional appeal that connects people with nature, inspiring for behavioural change and a wiser use of environmental resources, for generations to come.

Ligia Oliveira



I grew up surrounded by the tranquillity of Ria Formosa landscapes in southern Portugal, which have inspired me ever since. I studied Product Design in ESAD (Matosinhos, PT), and at 23 I started my PhD in Public Space and Urban Regeneration in the University of Barcelona, where I experienced working across disciplines in a daily immersion of four languages, learning from different cultures in its international environment. Since the beginning of my career, I maintained a balance between multiple practices – writing, drawing, painting, design; academic research and teaching.

I was a Researcher at the University of Barcelona, and a Professor at the Master degree in Art & Design for Public Space at the University of Porto. I am the author of several scientific articles on culture and urban regeneration; with Isabel Carvalho and Pedro Nora, we edited the book The Economy of the Artist, published by Braço de Ferro in 2010. My work has been exhibited in Paris, Antwerp, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Porto, and can be found in private collections in Europe and the US. I was awarded the 3rd prize in Urban Furniture by the Antwerp City Council & Antwerpen Havenhuis (co-author) and the 2nd prize in National Illustration by the Matosinhos City Council.


Since 2020, I am a member of RISE UP - A Blue Call to Action, an international network of ocean advocates organised by Oceano Azul Foundation; and since 2022, of the Design+Posthumanism Network.


Throughout the years, my artistic and research work has been supported by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Foundation for Science and Technology, and Spain's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Recent clients include the European Commission and the Mind and Life Institute. Creativity and research are slow, demanding tasks and these institutions and many people have contributed to make my efforts possible. I am very grateful.


After living in Antwerp and then Barcelona for many years, I now work from Southern Portugal.



2021   Undeniable. PT/Online

2021   Between the Sea and the Shore. Pop Up Gallery. Faro. PT

2020   Inhabit the Body, Live the Place. PT/Online


2022   Nature Inspired. Through Objects. PT/Online

2021   Pigments Revealed. USA/Online

2021   The Mind, the Human-Earth Connection, and the Climate Crisis. USA/Online

2020   Crafted & Curated. Through Objects. Copenhagen, DK/Online

2013   Nas Margens. Barcelona. ES*

2011​   Nas Margens. Almada City Museum. PT*

2008   Pontevedra Cultural Centre. ES

2003   Voyager 03, ExperimentaDesign Biennale. Paris. FR**

2003​   Voyager 03, ExperimentaDesign Biennale. Barcelona. ES **

2003   Voyager 03, ExperimentaDesign Biennale. Madrid. ES**

2003   Voyager 03, ExperimentaDesign Biennale. Lisbon. PT**

2003   Voyager 03, ExperimentaDesign Biennale. Azores. PT**

2001   XI Illustration and Comics International Exhibition. Porto. PT

2000   Urban Design Collective. Lisbon. PT

2000   Mail Art. Artes em Partes, Porto. PT

2000   Urban design collective. Lisbon. PT

2000   Objectos En/Inviáveis. Caldeira 213, Porto. PT

1999   Matosinhos City Council, Matosinhos. PT

1999   Havenhuis, Antwerp. BE***

*as part of CRPolis, University of Barcelona | **coauthor, w/ S’A architects | *** coauthor


2020    Memorial. Un-built monument, several forests, PT

2020   Exoskeletons line. Intervention at Santo António beach, PT

2020   Woven into Nature. Small-scale interventions in Vila Real de Santo António, PT


2021​    Mind & Life Institute. US

2020   Ministry of Culture. PT

2011​​    University of Barcelona. ES

2009   Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (w/Braço de Ferro). PT

2009   University of Porto (w/Braço de Ferro). PT

1999/00   Portuguese Design Centre. PT

1999    3rd Prize (co-author), Urban Furniture Award, Antwerp Port Entity and Antwerp City Council. BE

1999    2nd Prize, National Illustration Award, ​​Matosinhos City Council. PT


2009/13   Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT). PT

2000/03   Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. ES



2023   Bodies of Water. Three Knots Mag, Valencia, ES

2021   Oceanica. UNESCO Chair Ocean’s Cultural Heritage, NOVA University, Lisbon, PT (cover)


2020   Odyssey (poetry. Author's edition)

2019    Sixty Days of Dawn (poetry. Author's edition)

2009   The Economy of the Artist. Porto: Braço de Ferro (Editor, w/ Nora, P. and Carvalho, I.)

Book chapters & scientific papers

2020   Artists & Climate Change. New York: The Artic Circle (online)

2015    AACA Digital - Asociación Aragonesa de Críticos de Arte. Zaragoza, Spain (scientific paper)

2015    On the Waterfront. University of Barcelona, Spain (scientific paper)

2009   Archaeology of the urban. Fine Arts Faculty of Porto University, Portugal (book chapter)

2014    On the Waterfront. University of Barcelona, Spain (w/Brandão, A; Castillo, M; Padilla, S.; Pinto, A; Salas, X; Sasa, Z.) (scientific paper)

2011    On the Waterfront. University of Barcelona, Spain (scientific paper)

2011    A Rua de Todos. Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Spain (scientific paper)

2011    VI CIPED, International Congress in Design Research. Architecture Faculty, University of Lisbon
, Portugal (scientific paper)

2009   On the Waterfront. University of Barcelona, Spain (scientific paper)

2005   Arq./a, Revista de arquitetura e arte, Lisbon (article)

2000  Public space and Interdisciplinarity. Lisbon: Portuguese Design Centre (book chapter)


2022 | RISE UP – A Blue Call to Action Working Session, an event of some of the 500+ members of this network, gathered before the UN Ocean Conference. Organised by Oceano Azul Foundation (Guest speakers included Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for the Ocean, Biologist Sylvia Earle). (Scheduled floor Intervention)

2022 | INTECH Talks | Eco-innovation success cases panel. With António Lorena (3Drivers), Eglantina Monteiro (8950) and João Navalho (Necton); mod: Pedro Lemos. INTECH Algarve - National Association of Young Entrepreneurs (ANJE) and the Universidade of Algarve; organised by Blue Seven. Online. PT (Invited talk)

2021 | Art & Sustainability. With Pepe Brix (Photographer), Rui Santos (Biologist, UAlg), Nicolas Blanc (Biologist, Sciaena); mod: Miguel Neto. Open Studios Faro at HB3, Faro. PT (Invited talk)

2011 | The City is ours... of all of us. IST Architecture Faculty/Institut pour la ville en mouvement​, at MUDE, Lisbon. PT (Academic conference)

2011 | VI CIPED, International Congress in Design Research. IST Architecture Faculty, at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon. PT (Academic conference)

2010 | City Communication Seminar. Fine Arts Faculty, University of Barcelona. ES (Academic conference)

2009 | Polis Seminar. Fine Arts Faculty, University of Barcelona. ES (Academic conference)

2008 | Professional Practice Seminar. Fine Arts Faculty, University of Porto. PT (Moderator)


2009/14    University of Barcelona. ES | Researcher at CRPolis, Art, City, Sustainability, Faculty of Fine Arts

2007/08   University of Porto. PT| Invited Assistant Professor (Project), Master in Art & Design in Public Space, Faculty of Fine Arts


2014   PhD in Public Space and Urban Regeneration, University of Barcelona. ES

2002   Research Proficiency Diploma, PhD in Public Space and Urban Regeneration, University of Barcelona. ES

2000   Post Graduation in Urban Design, Portuguese Design Centre. PT

1999   Product Design Degree, ESAD. PT. Final year at University of Antwerp, BE 

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